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2022 Louisville Slugger Xeno Fastpitch Review

By Bat Digest

Updated October 1, 2023

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The broader availability of the 2022 Xeno, compared to the 2021 version, is a behind-the-scenes WIN for consumers. The XENO was shelved as a Slugger. com-only product for the 2021 season and what many believed was the foreseeable future. In an attempt to capture more margin, Slugger wasn't interested in giving full distribution to even its most trusted vendors. But, for 2022, and for no reason that was ever given to the public, Slugger returned to a broader distribution model. This increase in competition and broader distribution is only a win for consumers in the bat space. And in a world where bat prices only go up and distribution becomes more limited, this is a big little win. The bat has not changed from its 2021 version (the same as its 2020 version). The 2022 Louisville Slugger Xeno is a two-piece composite bat with a good-sized barrel and a mostly balanced swing weight.
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2022 Xeno Models

The 2022 Slugger Xeno's differentiating feature is the stiffness of the connection, while all other two-piece composite bats in the performance fastpitch space have a flexible connection. If you want a stiffer connection between your barrel and handle on your fastpitch bat, then the Xeno is where you should look. We like the drop 8 and 9 Xeno as some of our favorite power-hitting bats on the market. Big hitters might appreciate the loaded feel and the stiff connection. Smaller hitters who want a lighter swinging bat but a rigid connection should like the Xeno. But, to be sure, most more minor hitters who want bat speed and a soft swing aren't in the mood for a stiff bat. Instead, they tend more towards a bat like the Slugger LXT or Easton Ghost with a more flexible connection. The bat was initially made available only directly on's site. However, some models were since released to a few select dealers.

General Recommendations

Our recommendation is for the Xeno drop 8 and 9 to be in the bag of most heavy hitters who want a stiff connection or, at least, a different feeling bat than their drop 8 Easton Ghost Advanced or Rawlings Mantra. If you wish to drop 10 or 11, we think you'll appreciate the bat's durability and the more endloaded feel.

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Previous Bats

There are no considerable changes in the 2022 Louisville Slugger Xeno compared to the 2021 version of the bat. The Xeno from Slugger has not changed in several years. If you can find an older one for cheap then don't hesitate.


The 2022 Louisville Slugger Xeno is a two-piece composite bat built with foam and ring technology that helps slow impacts perform at peak levels while allowing the bat to pass the certification test. The bat has not changed much over the years, which is a good thing.

Marketing Writeup

(From Louisville Slugger's Writeup) A bat built to run this game. Just like you. Introducing the 2022 Xeno Fastpitch Bat from Louisville Slugger. Stronger players who love a stiffer feel and connection love our two-piece IST Technology and the Dual-Disc S1ID™ Performance Composite Barrel that’s game-ready as soon as you step to the plate. The X-CAP End Cap and standard fastpitch grip helps deliver improved performance and feel on every swing. The 2022 Xeno Fastpitch Bat is available exclusively on


  • Dual-Disc S1ID™ BarrelThe Performance Composite Design is centered around our patented Dual-Disc S1ID™ barrel technology that is ready for game action right out of the wrapper, eliminating the need for any break-in period prior to use.
  • IST™ Technology Two-Piece ConstructionThe two-piece design of the Xeno is all about stiffness. Stronger players who prefer that feel keep coming back to this bat for our exclusive IST™ Technology that keeps the feel stiff and solid on contact.
  • X-Cap™ DesignOur innovative X-Cap™ design pairs perfectly with the stiff feel of the bat, improving performance and feel of the bat on every swing.
  • Swing WeightThe mass is perfectly distributed throughout the barrel across all weight drops and complements the stiffer connection, allowing the player to achieve maximum power with each and every swing.
  • Standard Fastpitch GripOur grip improves feel and comfort at the dish and has been tested rigorously and been proven to be what players prefer in a grip.

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